Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #268

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 268th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (1-7 April, 2012), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Walking: it’s time to take action on this major terrorist threat on Mark Pack’s blog.
Careful, Mark, it’s all very well joking, but Theresa May might take you at your word.

2. Paddick on the rise… by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Where we work we win; and when we’re heard folk agree.

3. Is this why the Leader’s Office doesn’t get it? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
The first of a quartet of posts (see also 5-7, below) on a conference call that set some Lib Dem bloggers’ teeth on edge.

4. Could this be a defining moment for Clegg and the Coalition? on Gareth Epps’ blog.
A glass half-full look at this week’s Lib Dem web surveillance row.

5. Observations on last night’s conference call with the great and the good. by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
“I hope the fact that they got two dozen well informed, totally irate party members demanding action right now has clarified how the party feels about all this.”

6. Some unsolicited political advice for Nick Clegg by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
On the threat to the Lib Dem leader and the threat to the party of conceding ground on on civil liberties.

7. I’ve Just Got Off The Phone After a Conference Call With the Office of the DPM on Jennie Rigg’s blog.
Part-mollified, part-worried, part-energised: “… I think they want to know what the problem is and how to stop this happening again. I don’t feel ignored any more.”

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail … all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected]

8. Lib Dems a push over in Government? Civil liberties at risk, party reputation in tatters, time to take a stand? by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“Matthew Gibson – like many of us – are deeply concerned Lib Dems today…” (Submitted by neilmonnery via LibDig.)

9. What Clegg can learn from the Business world about staying on top by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“Great post from Matthew here about what attributes Clegg (and all of us?) might like to work on to improve the success of his leadership. I think we all could learn from this article” (Submitted by LouiseShaw via LibDig.)

10. Nick Clegg finds some cojones by Peter Black AM.
“Peter Black’s view on our response to civil liberties returning to the top of the agenda” (Submitted by cjw500 via LibDig.)

11. What does the Strategic Defence and Security Review say about the monitoring of communications? on Nick Thornsby’s Blog.
“On the other hand, Nick Thornsby adds the actual text of the review – and it’s concerning.” (Submitted by LouiseShaw via LibDig.)

12. Labour are not in favour of, nor have they ever been in favour of marriage equality by Andrew Emmerson on The Yellow Bastard.
“Excellent breakdown of Labour’s backsliding on LGBT rights…” (Submitted by MrBlueSky via LibDig.)

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading ‘n’ nominating.

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